NEW AUS VIDS: 1300, ELSY WAMEYO, TALAKAI

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Our weekly picks from the New Hip-Hop Videos From Aus playlist; as always, highlighting the latest and best music videos from across the AU. Don’t miss out! Subscribe to our channel to be the first across the hottest new clips. Updated weekly, there are thousands to watch in our YouTube playlist! Which video are you into this week? Slam the comments with who we missed…

1300 – APE SHIT FT. SOKODOMO
(Oddeen)

Announcing their upcoming mixtape George, 1300 go ‘Ape Shit’ with Korean rapper sokodomo. The five-piece group returned in 2024 with their latest track serving as the first single from the cyber dystopia inspired project recorded in the Blue Mountains. Across textually impressive and enjoyable production, 1300 continue to demonstrate why they’re one of the most sonically and culturally innovative groups in the scene. Shot by Oddeen, the music video sees the collective running through the city streets of Eora/Sydney, taking their own advice: “Play this song loud and go Ape Shit, don’t overthink it.” Their 9-track project will be released on 4 April 2024. 

ELSY WAMEYO – SINNER
(Danny Skilton)

Elsy Wameyo ends her hiatus with the dark and energetic new single ‘Sinner’. From Kenya via South Australia, she’s been making waves for the past few years, most notably on her 2022 EP Nilotic. Always finding creative and innovative ways to blend hip-hop and R&B with her African origins, ‘Sinner’ is no different. Over bombastic co-production by Fancy Fingers and Wuod OMollo, she raps with unbridled energy and unmistakable urgency about her spirituality, religion, self-image, and her place in it all. Interspersed between the verses are calmer more melodic moments with a haunting, sung refrain that contrasts the rapping to perfection. Directed by Wameyo and Danny Skilton, the video carries the same dark, religious imagery showing Elsy amongst hooded figures in a church and surrounded by lights and more hood figures in a black void.

TALAKAI – OFF-WHITE FREESTYLE
(Duhsam)

Talakai sounds the alarm for a big year to come with ‘Off-White Freestyle’. Originally from Mulubinba/Newcastle, now based in Meanjin/Brisbane, Talakai has been bubbling away and dropping quality bangers since his 2017 debut. Planting his flag in 2024 with his latest freestyle, Talakai delivers wordplay and punchlines that fly by, not to mention the effortless flow switches throughout. Produced by Prodbysylvester with a gorgeous string sample and thumping drums, the track is accompanied with visuals directed by Duhsam. Shot with a dope retro look, the music video shows him rapping in locations around Brisbane with the simple video forcing you to take in and appreciate the bars on offer.

LAMIRA – TELL ME IF WE CAN
(JupiterSessions)

Lamira delivers a captivating performance of ‘Tell Me If We Can’ on JupiterSessions. The Latin-Australian artist delivers a performance of her evocative unreleased track, expertly framed by camera angles that evokes the very essence of romantic entanglement the song embodies. Through a seamless blend of Spanish and English, Lamira channels transportive harmonies and mesmerising poetics over the subdued instrumental. The young Sydney based artist continues to leave an enduring imprint on the hearts and minds of all who are graced to encounter her music.

RAF RECEIPT – FIKIR
(Kev Blindside)

Raf Receipt carries an authentic cultural charm on his Afro-Fusion flavoured single ‘Fikir’. Translating to ‘love’ in Amharic, the soulful essence of the track reflects a tale of affection and admiration towards a captivating woman. The COLOURS Studios inspired visualiser, shot and edited by Kev Blindside, finds Raf seamlessly weaving English, Nigerian Pidgin, and Amharic into his lyrics, backed by the smooth yet infectious rhythms of Afrobeats. Kicking off 2024 with unparalleled fervour, Raf Receipt follows the trail of success from his stellar releases in 2023, including his ‘Koko’ remix featuring Sydney-based artist Mathias.

STT LAURENTT – VVS
(NBreezy)

Stt Laurentt flexes his melodic bars on ‘VVS’, as part of the We Outside Freestyle series by videographer Nbreezy. In his first release of the year, the Naarm/Melbourne rapper spreads his lyrical butter in an R&B-influenced style reminiscent of 6LACK and Bryson Tiller. Teaming with frequent collaborator Nbreezy as part of his 3K focused freestyle series, a simple and direct visual approach sees Nbreezy shooting Laurentt rapping into a hanging mic, and switching between camera qualities and angles. Stt Laurentt speaks to a larger movement of Melbourne R&B rap that is really starting to swell into something special. 

Written by Tahlia La GaliaDeclan Bailey & Aidan Knight.

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